This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week never fails to bring a smile with her whimsical and lighthearted paintings. If you love dogs and a little humor you won’t want to miss this incredible artist.
Who and where are you?
My name is Rebecca Salcedo, I am an artist and do-gooder, who longs to hold hands with someone funny when I am old and wear depends. My motto: Never EVER give up!
I am a painter, illustrator, and trompe l’oeil muralist, with slightly quirky sensibilities that seem to surface in my work (and personality). I also paint a lot of animals, including very unique custom pet portraits. I am mostly from Seattle. I majored in French and Fine Art and studied in France as well. I live in Atlanta now with my incredible BF and 2 spoiled dogs.
How did you get started art blogging?
I wanted to write more often and figured a blog would force accountability and give me a consistent venue for practicing and showing my artwork while I’m telling a story. 2 years ago I was just beginning to discover social networking and promotion for my art business, so I figured a blog was a step in a positive direction. (Still discovering by the way; this stuff doesn’t happen overnight!)
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?
I teach a blogging class to artists in my community and these are the top 3 tips I give them for blogging:
1) Be yourself. (or some made up persona. your choice.) I used to be afraid to admit to the world (the 3 who are actually reading) that I have faults, ticks, issues! Worried to say anything too personal, or admit how vulnerable I am. I’ve thrown that out the window. People want to relate to you, and if you show them that you are a genuine person who has those feelings and habits, too, that common ground may get you some readership! Besides, it’s not like we would believe you’re perfect anyway!
2) I tell them, “If you don’t know what to write, just post a picture of your most recent painting and then write a short description of how you came to paint it.”
Completely made up just now example:
I was recently in Morocco with my husband and there were these goats in the trees. Vinny said, “the boys at the shop are never gonna believe this one!” I almost peed my pants! After I wiped my eyes, and the fog from my glasses, I saw past the climbing goats to the most beautiful sunset over the desert landscape, and snapped a picture to paint later (and I might put the goats in it.)
You don’t have to have a funny quirky style, just write about what you did, and you’ll see the words will start to flow and you’ll get better!
3) Try to post a 2-3 times per week. The most important part of blogging is just showing up! If you want people to read your blog, you actually have to write!
I enjoy sharing tips, techniques and art history! Look back and visit my 31 days of rhinos, a journey into the history of art! I’ve got 16 different rhinos posted so far with more to come! (showing more vulnerability — haven’t finished that project yet!)
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio? And do you have any rituals associated with your creative time?
Rituals, oh yes! The first thing I do in the morning is write in my journal. I write about 2500 words a day, which is about 3 very large pages, plus I write ridiculously small (unless I just really want to get those pages done, then it’s large double spaced with lots of punctuation and smiley faces!) I love Dave Mathews Band first thing in the morning! Don’t ask me why it works, but when I come in and sit down with my coffee, I can put on DMB and gush with writing inspiration. Then I start painting, and I’m all over musically! Queen is one of my all time favorite bands to paint to, as well as Cockteau Twins, Pink Floyd and lots of jazz. After years of thinking my “younger metal head friend” was nuts, I tried painting to heavy metal, and I really got my groove on! Jimmy Buffet=happy painting.
What’s coming next from your easel?
Finishing a mixed media painting with horses. THEN, a gigantic self-portrait! I am doing a 3 woman show at the Defoors Center in Atlanta opening November 11th! Lots of room for large scale, which will be a challenge since most of my work is very small.
Thank you Rebecca for being an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!
If you are an EBSQ Artist and would like to be considered for Blogger of the Week just add us to your blogroll. I’m searching EBSQ profiles weekly for links to artist’s blogs. If you aren’t an EBSQ Artist, what are you waiting for?